FF: Extinction, Distinction, and Cloud Herders

Dandy Contemplates Sabertooths With Trepidation

Many thanks to those of you who came to my reading from the newest Firekeeper novel, Wolf’s Search, last Friday at Bubonicon.  I hope you enjoyed as much as I did!  Sorry about where I finished.  I promise, it wasn’t intentional. I really thought I’d finish the scene…

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher (which is a pen name for Ursula Vernon).  If we don’t get rain soon, I’m going to follow this young mage’s example and go hunting for the Cloud Shepherds!

In Progress:

End of the Megafauna by Ross. D. E. MacPhee, with glorious illustrations by Peter Schouten.  Although intended for a general audience, the author relies on a glossary, rather than over-simplifying his topic.  So far well-organized and fascinating.

While Gods Sleep by L.D. Coulter.  I met the author (who also wrote “The Weight of Mountain” in DreamForge, issue two, at Bubonicon.  Decided to try a longer work.  So far, quite mythic!

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Still on the Philosopher Emperors.  I didn’t get a lot of listening time last week.


The expansion of some scenes in Wolf’s Soul also showed me a need for some new scenes.  I’m feeling pretty good about this so far.


5 Responses to “FF: Extinction, Distinction, and Cloud Herders”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I will be glad to send you some rain! I live in West Palm Beach, Florida which is in the Cone of Concern for Hurricane Dorian. I am prepared, tho. I have pistachios to snack on and a stack of books to read.

    I am currently reading Enter a Murderer (Roderick Alleyn #2) by Ngaio Marsh. It is a good, old fashioned murder mystery and I am enjoying the characters and the story very much.

    I am also reading Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson. It is a sci fi story about a girl working to become a pilot so she can fight the deadly Krell that frequently attack her planet.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Good luck with the hurricane not doing you any damage and leaving you ample electricity and water.

      I discovered Ngaio Marsh later than I did Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers. Love them. The frequent theater/art world settings reflect her passion for such and make them special. AND she was from New Zealand, and managed to sneak in a few books there at a time when the publishers shied from such.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’ve been having trouble with my comments posting to some blogs. The last two times I commented here it didnt show up. Hopefully this time it will work.

    Recently Completed ~
    Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Loved this book! All the buzz it’s been getting is well deserved.

    In Pieces by Sally Field. A heartbreaking autobiography. I had no information about her personal life before reading this book. She has had some very difficult moments, starting with childhood. I would reccomend this autobiography to fans. It would also be helpful for people with childhood trauma and mental health issues.

    Currently Reading ~ mostly blogs. Ben started school this past Monday and I’ve been napping while he’s gone. He still likes to wake me up at 2:30am or 3:00am most days.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Your are here, you are seen. Thanks for keeping trying. You’re invited to repost if you want to try…

      Buzz… Your post shows how very important word of mouth is to a writer. I haven’t heard a single thing about Daisy Jones and The Six. Now I need to go look it up.


  3. Harried Harry Says:

    We’ve had company for the past week. Our two adult children came to visit so we have spent a lot of time reading, talking, walking and EATING. We went out to eat a couple of times so now I’ll stay home to eat for the next four months. My wife had all this food for the boys to eat, but they insisted we go out. Now we’ve got very large steaks, 10# roast and leftover stuff from celebrating two birthdays.

    I have read a number of Bernard Cornwell stories about the Indian wars in the late 1700s and the start of the Peninsula Wars; both have Richard Sharpe as the protagonist. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction, he is a very detailed author but easy to read.

    Cornwell also wrote a couple of murder-mystery stories which are very good. He loves the ocean & sailing, so both these stories are about the ocean.” Wildtrack” is one and the other is “Killer’s Wake”.

    Enjoy the week, stay away from any Hurricane or Himicane which might come your direction. Send all the excess clean water to New Mexico, since we can really use it for our crops. (Besides, if it rains, I can read since I can’t mow wet grass).

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